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Warning Calls Decoded: Squirrels Take Up Bird Alarms To Foil The Enemy

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:59am

It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.

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Illinois House Leaders Override Governor's Veto On Heroin Addiction Bill

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:01pm

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.

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Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:25pm

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:55am

Freezing is usually considered a way to make raw fish safer. But a recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen, raw tuna used in sushi across the U.S. highlights the limits of the food-safety technique.

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As More Adults Pedal, Their Biking Injuries And Deaths Spike, Too

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 3:43am

Hospital admissions caused by bike injuries have more than doubled in the past 15 years across the country. One doctor thinks the "Lance Armstrong effect" could be a reason for the jump.

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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:50pm

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."

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Economic Concerns Fuel Campaign To Save The Sage Grouse

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

Many in the West are backing an effort to keep the greater sage grouse off the endangered species list. By saving the bird, they feel they can save the culture and customs of the West as well.

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Smell Mapping: Using Your Nose To Retrace Your Steps

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

A University of California, Berkeley psychologist has found that people can create a map in their heads with scents as location markers. NPR replicates the experiment with a master sommelier, and discovers that olfactory navigation is lot more successful if you have a sophisticated nose.

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How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

The idea that everyone makes automatic, subconscious associations about people is not new. But now some companies are trying to reduce the impact of such biases in the workplace.

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:41pm

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.

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Hard Evidence: Teachers' Unconscious Biases Contribute To Gender Disparity

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:41am

Girls often outperform boys in science and math at an early age but are less likely to choose tough courses in high school. An Israeli experiment demonstrates how biases of teachers affect students.

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Aim For At Least 7 Hours Of Sleep Nightly To Fend Off A Cold

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:48am

Just a couple extra hours can make a real difference, a study shows. Adults who slept only five or six hours were four times more likely to get sick when exposed to a common cold virus.

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Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:32pm

Many in the wine and beer industry claim women have a keener sense of smell, and thus taste, than do men. Sensory scientists who've tackled this question say there's something to this.

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Katrina Sparked Push To Improve Hurricane Forecasting

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

In the decade since Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have invested in new satellites and computer modeling technology that have significantly improved their ability to forecast and track hurricanes.

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Scientists Discover New Disease Caused By Prion Protein

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

Scientists have discovered the first new human disease caused by a "prion" in more than 50 years. Prions are strange, deformed proteins that can act like viruses and bacteria.

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What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make "unconventional oil" extraction too expensive.

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How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:19am

Go ahead, use this article to justify binge-watching Orange Is The New Black all weekend.

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To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:03am

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

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How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:02am

Tiny island nations, Latin American developing countries, and even non-joiners like Switzerland have all found more power and influence in climate negotiations after forming or joining a group.

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Obama Renaming Continent's Highest Peak From Mt. McKinley To Denali

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:10pm

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

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